October 31st, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/31/08

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/30/art.liveblog.jpg]Happy Halloween!!

Here's a special treat for you: We're less than 100 hours from election day. If you're tired of all this campaign talk you're likely saying, "HOORAY!!". A confession: We will miss covering this election. But, hey, it's not over yet.

Tonight on AC360°, the final countdown. See how Senators McCain and Obama plan to battle it out until the end. They each have quite a ground war attack in mind these last four days. We'll have the raw politics. And, there's also the fear factor. Tonight, we'll look at why some African-Americans are worried about a possible Obama victory. We're uncovering America.

Share your thoughts during tonight's newscast by scrolling down to the comments section.

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  1. susan-central illinois

    So Mc Cain believes Arnold is a hero. Sure, in the movies! Clear evidence that Mac can't distinguish fact from fiction. That could explain his choice of Palin.

    October 31, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Clark


    Is there any sense about the demographics and voting trends of the absentee ballots?

    October 31, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Candace from Canada

    Good Night Anderson and the AC360 crew – busy Halloween night.

    Wow this election run is almost over – I can not wait!

    Have a good weekend, Anderson don't forget to turn your clock back 1 hr Saturday night!

    Take care – until next time!

    October 31, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Rich M.

    Stan -its not your race that is of the most importance it is your history, views, beliefs and affiliations etc. etc. etc. This country has a large population of great human beings from all races and religions.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Maureen T

    Good night Anderson and Erica! Great pumpkin with AC on it! 🙂 Have a great weekend and get a lot of rest I believe you folks will be busy next week! Rest easy.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    I'm with you Erica...I'm going to bed! Long, long day today, but fun! Have a good weekend everyone!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Happy Halloween Anderson, Erica, David, John, Roland, Alex, Kevin, Bob The Bus, Tone Dog and the rest of the crew. Oh and Jack Gray too! Love you guys!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Martie

    Love the AC pumpkin.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Vera

    No one is undecided at this point. I think they are people who are ashamed to say they won't vote for Obama because of race They also don't want anyone to know they would vote for McCain. Thus, "I'm undecided!"

    October 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Jane Toms

    I sense most Obama supporters are sweating this one out. If McCain wins, I hope the 911 systems work well, we could have alot of people needing help!!!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Maria Davis - Chula Vista, CA

    How do they decide who they will poll?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Carol in MN

    Please remind viewers that there is a margin of error in the polls (which are narrowing) ...and there is still a large percentage of undecided voters!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Racism, sexism, ageism is alive and well in the United States. That became very apparent this election season!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Mike

    If McCain cuts taxes to businesses, what makes him so sure that business are going to use those additional funds to create jobs and expand their business. The bailout has shown us that they are more likely to just increase executive bonuses and pocket the money.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    Another great show. Have a great weekend everyone. Don't forget to study up on the local issues so you are ready to vote on Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Martie

    Come on – the boy's 9 years old – probably just a prank after he heard about sign stealing on TV. Bet he'll think twice next time he wants to sneak around to do something he knows is wrong. I also doubt the homeowner was aiming to shock a child when he wired his sign.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Brandi-bottom of the boot

    im so sick of ppl talking about race. America is a mish mash of cultures, why is that so hard to move past?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Carol

    It's just too hard to comprehend how anyone could want another 4 years the same as the last 8!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  19. Mary

    I am concerned about the election.
    My husband hasn't voted since 2000 when Gore lost to W. He remains convinced that the election was "fixed" and refuses to vote now because he says that his vote doesn't count. I pray that this year will prove him wrong.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  20. Ingrid from Northern Virginia

    People need to listen close to the differences between McCain and Obama on energy....McCain wants 45 nuclear power plants....Who exactly wants that in their community? And that will be a HUGE national security issue and risk!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Maria Davis - Chula Vista, CA

    Same here I have never been polled neither has anyone in my circle of friends.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  22. hannah

    Race is not the big factor. The way the country was divided with so much anger is a factor. Leaders are supposed to unify not divide. We need a leaded for all the people.Remember? The United States. The world has too many problems for this division to exist.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Stan

    I sincerely hope the presidential race winner is not going to be decided on the basis of race!! It is high time USA rises above these petty issues. UK elected a woman Prime Minister 3 decades ago. Israel had a woman PM many many years ago...even India elected a woman as PM in the 70s and a muslim as a president in the 60s. Wake up America!!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Belinda

    I thought that was a smart answer. We have to stabilize this economy.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Keith Powell

    I have to admit I am starting to experience some anxiety about voting now that we are discussing this. We, as the United States, need to have this crucial and amazing event reformed! I hope to hear this topic looked at throughout the years! It's too important!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    I agree with you, Erica…….. he is wrong thing to do his son steal the sign….. I know why he made mistake to steal the sign…… You're right.....

    October 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Cindi Abbott

    A.C, is there going to be any special programming on this Election Eve weekend? I hope so, I can't get enough of your show!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Martie

    McCain's probably hoping that his voters will all wait until Tuesday and provide some sort of blowout victory for him. Hard to see how that's going to work, but you never know.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  29. michele in PA.

    Talking about race being a factor..............look at the huge crowds Obama has and I see more white people in the crowds then I do black people. I think Sharpton is right.......Obama is as white as he is black!!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  30. jeje from oregon

    can any body tell me who is gonna win the election? im so nervous, i think Obama should win....

    October 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Cynthia

    I agree Cindi Abbott – we set the tone for the rest of the world and I hope that it will be a good one.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  32. Cathy

    Arnold's comments on Obama's physique were metaphorical, people. He didn't mean his physical skinny legs; he meant his economic skinny legs. He meant that his tax policies, economic plan lacks meat, substance, realism; that he's promising hope and change without the muscle (metaphorically, again) to back it up.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Maria Davis - Chula Vista, CA

    Yes, although we have plenty of folks who can see beyond the color of one's skin there are enough crazies out there to cause concern for Obama's safety.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Steve - southern Illinois

    You're right Erica. We don't know the father did that. I was wrong to say that. Thank you for pointing that out. 😛 - 🙂

    October 31, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  35. Imani from Maryland

    My family and friends live in maryland and Indiana. They have never beened polled over the phone. How many others are like us.. not even being polled?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse NY

    David Gergen, you are talking about white voter racism. What about the monolithic black vote for Obama. Even black conservatives are thinking of voting for him because of the 'historic' nature of Obama. In other words, they are voting for him because he's black. That's just as racist as not voting for him because he's black.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Ian C


    I hope it isn't true. We are more aware and there is going to be a mobilization of poll watchers and lawyers if anything shaky is going on.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  38. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Erica: Well said about the "sign stealing". Took the words right out of my mouth. It is childish. Maybe the campaigns should come up with something different than a sign in the yard. Perhaps stickers on the mailboxes instead. Ha!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  39. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Roland, you are so right! I am a white woman and I am nervous about what is going to happen when I go to vote. I live in a totally Republican area in South Central PA. Fear is a terrible thing, but there is nothing that will stop me from voting.

    Wednesday night I went to a political panel discussion and there was no one talking to the Obama folks.......beside me, that is.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Linda Lou

    I'm 53 white female, voted for Obama, I'm worried about my vote counting! Let our African American brothers and sisters know they are not alone about their concerns . . .
    Linda Lou

    October 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  41. Lesa, TN

    I am an African American female from the south. And I whole-heartedly understand what the other African American voters are feeling.

    Obama is not just another black politician. He is the first politician of color that gives hope and inspiration during this century. He inspire all races. His intelligence alone is enough power to go farther than anyone.

    I will be so glad and scared to see Nov. 4th next week.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  42. Maureen, Georgia

    I am nervous about what Oprah said because I've already voted for Obama using the voting machine and I did'nt go back to check my vote for Obama. I'll just pray that it took and did'nt clear from the machine.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Ashley J

    I waited for 6 hrs today to vote (in Cobb County, GA just outside of Atlanta). It was a long tiring wait, but worth every minute of it to elect Senator Obama!! If people before me withstood name calling and torment to vote we can all surely withstand log waits. Good time to meet someone new. Also, we must stay positive that all our votes will count.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Ingrid from Northern Virginia

    I am hoping that a President Obama can put forth the issue for election day becoming a national holiday...12 hr. lines in early voting in GA. is ridiculous!! I'm in northern VA. and I know it's going to be a LONG day but nothing will stop me from voting:)

    October 31, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  45. Cindi Abbott

    I agree , Gergen. I work with adjudicated African American youths. They used to tell me their role models were rappers and athletes. Now I am hearing them say that Obama is their role model.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  46. kim-chicago

    If Barack Obama wins maybe...finally...we can put an end to this discussion of race.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
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